Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili

Vegan Chili. http://holycowvegan.net What can be better than huddling by the fireplace on a night so cold that the  roofs and sidewalks are still blanketed in two-days-old snow and even my cold-seeking pooch refuses to step outside for a walk? Huddling by the fireplace with a bowl of my belly-warming Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili, of course.

Things have been rather unadventurous in my kitchen of late, because I am cooking now not just for Desi and me but for Jay, our six-year-old who eyes any food that’s not dal and rice with pure terror. After cooking almost every dal recipe I could think of over the last two months, interspersed with some pasta and sandwiches and noodles (reception lukewarm to cold), I decided to test Jay’s tastebuds last night with this moderately hot but complex vegan chili.

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Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” — John Steinbeck It was Steinbeck’s birthday yesterday. When Desi and I were living in Bombay, we went through a Steinbeck phase when both of us were constantly reading, discussing,… 

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Applesauce Sandwich Bread

Applesauce Sandwich Bread

This past weekend just whizzed by in a happy blur of food, fun and friends. On Saturday, it was brunch at my friend Roshani’s. Her parents  are visiting from Houston and her mom, Pratima Kothari, had cooked up a huge feast for us.  I even got a quick lesson in rolling Khandvi, one of my… 

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Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

So have you ever wondered what it is with all this trend-driven food blogging? The other day I came across an article with tips for successful food blogging, one of which was to watch Google Trends to see what recipes are trending so you can cook and share those and draw visitors to your blog… 

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Lentil Bolognese sauce

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards– often fruitlessly– for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won’t… 

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Chana Masala

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala. Those two words set my mouth watering before I can say them out loud. I bought this huge can of chickpeas from the warehouse store the other day– bigger than two people can possibly use up in a week’s time, but a six-pound can for under $3 just looked too good to pass… 

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Veggie Burger

Moroccan Chickpea Burger

You can have too much of a good thing — like all of this beautiful snow we’ve been digging ourselves out of in the Northeast — but that maxim just doesn’t apply when it comes to my Moroccan Chickpea Burger. With this one, you are allowed to eat all you want and then some more…. 

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Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

It’s almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners,… 

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Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Hearts

Valentine’s Day is special to me because it’s the day I married the love of my life. So each year, when this day rolls around, I try to find ways to make it even more special than every wonderful day I spend with him. And by now I know that the easiest way to put… 

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Pasta with Greens and Beans

Pasta with Greens and Beans

I made this Pasta with Greens and Lima Beans in an awful hurry the other night. I was nursing a cold but I was also craving a big, comforting bowl of pasta with great texture and flavor. It had to be nutritious enough to see me through the illness, and  flavorful enough to appeal to… 

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whole wheat loaf

No-Knead Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

In the past I’ve tended to add some wheat gluten or all-purpose flour to my wholegrain bread recipes. That’s because whole wheat flour is low on gluten and without the extra gluten muscle provided by vital wheat gluten or all-purpose or bread flour, it is not easy to produce a loaf that doesn’t taste and… 

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Azuki Bean Dip

In My Kitchen, February 2014

February, like all cold months, is when my kitchen sees a lot of me. Perhaps because it’s the warmest, coziest place in the house. Perhaps because there’s never a better time to bake bread, one of my favorite things to do. I love my beans and lentils and this February, in my kitchen, I have… 

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Healthy Potato Skins

Healthy Potato Skins

Yeah, I know. Only a vegan would think of making a healthy snack for Superb Owl (Hey, I’m a Colbert fan and I like his version better). But just because we are about to watch a bunch of brawny men brawl it out for a trophy doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be watching out for our… 

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Slow cooker black-eyed peas stew

Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas Stew, Fat-Free

After cooking up all of that flavorful vegetable stock this week, I couldn’t wait to use it. But the last thing I wanted to do was spend an hour in the kitchen cooking because, well, sometimes there just are better things to do.  So I did what I do when I want a great-tasting meal… 

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vegetable stock

The Best Vegetable Stock Recipe

Is there a vegan cook out there who doesn’t have a horror story about working hard to exorcise some recipe of meat, only to end up with a pale and ghastly version of the original? Because let’s face it– great vegan cooking is not easy work. You need to put that creative muscle through a… 

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